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26 April 2017

Strand Releasing gives ALL OF ME (review)

The documentary ALL OF ME examines the efforts of the volunteer group Las Patronas who prepare meals, offer shelter, and assistance to migrants who are crossing the border on trains passing through Veracruz.  The group won a Human Rights Award in 2013.

REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

ALL OF ME DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Short Film "Mujeres Luz"
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Second Sight rooms with THE RESIDENT (Review)

A couple and their newborn child sublet a spacial apartment from an unseen tenant in THE RESIDENT.  Left alone all day with her infant as her husband Jeff pursues work as an actor, Joanna's insecurities are the least of her worries as strange noises, hallucinations, nightmares, and persecuting figures haunt her and she discovers that the apartment was the sight of a past tragedy that may be trying to repeat itself.

REVIEW LINK: Second Sight (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE RESIDENT DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo

Wolfe Video is COUNTING FOR THUNDER (review)

Having been rejected for yet another role and regarded as too old to continue pursuing an acting career he never had, Phillip Stalworth must go back to his Southern backwoods hometown when he learns that his mother has lung cancer.  As he tries to help her explore non-traditional treatments, he confronts old issues with his distant father and his bitter sister as well as a surprise attraction to a high school rival.  John Heard, Marriette Hartley, and Allison Elliott also star.

REVIEW LINK: Wolfe Video (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

COUNTING FOR THUNDER DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by star/director Phillip Irwin Cooper and actress Mariette Hartley
  • Q and A with Phillip Irwin Cooper and Peter Stebbings
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Breaking Glass Pictures goes online with BWOY (review)

A grieving father starts a secret life online with a dating profile where he meets a young Jamaican man who appears to be everything he has always wanted.  As he gets into debt sending him money and then considers flying to Jamaica to rescue the man from his difficult family situation rather than confronting his own feelings of loss.  Anthony Rapp and Jimmy Brooks star.

REVIEW LINK: Breaking Glass Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

BWOY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Q and A Screening
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Acorn Media charts a DECLINE AND FALL (review)

Falling victim to a prank and wrongfully expelled from Oxford for indecent behavior, theology student Paul Pennyfeather winds up as the supremely unqualified junior schoolmaster at a Welsh boys school where he becomes entangled in the misdeeds of his colleagues and falls for a wealthy widow with a checkered past.  Based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh.  Jack Whitehall, David Suchet, and Eva Longoria star.

REVIEW LINK: Acorn Media/RLJ Entertainment (US) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

DECLINE AND FALL DVD specs:
  • Three episodes on one dual-layer DVD
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Behind the Scenes featurettes
  • Photo Gallery

25 April 2017

Arrow Video USA renovates HOUSE: TWO STORIES (Review)

New World's best horror comedies were the first two entries in the HOUSE series.  In HOUSE, blocked writer Roger Cobb inherits the spooky mansion from his aunt where his son mysteriously vanished the year before.  He soon finds himself tormented by nightmares, killer swordfish, and ghouls as he tries to unravel the house's mysteries.  William Katt, George Wendt, and Kay Lenz star.  In HOUSE II, Jesse inherits the temple-like mansion where his parents were brutally murdered twenty-five years before.  He discovers that the house was built by his cowboy great grandfather who was buried with a Mayan crystal skull that opens different dimension within the house with evil forces eager to take the skull back to harness its power.  Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar-Park Lincoln, Amy Yasbeck, Bill Maher, John Ratzenberger, and Royal Dano star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

HOUSE: TWO STORIES Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One (HOUSE):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English LPCM 2.0 stereo and 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Audio commentary with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, actor William Katt and screenwriter Ethan Wiley
      "Ding Dong, You’re Dead! The Making of House" brand new documentary featuring interviews with Steve Miner, Sean S. Cunningham, Ethan Wiley, story creator Fred Dekker, stars William Katt, Kay Lenz, and George Wendt, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Barney Burman, Brian Wade, James Belohovek, Shannon Shea, Kirk Thatcher, and Bill Sturgeon, special paintings artists Richard Hescox and William Stout, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
    • Vintage Making-of Featurette
    • Stills Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailers
  • Disc Two (HOUSE II):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 1.0 mono
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • Audio commentary with writer-director Ethan Wiley and producer Sean S. Cunningham
      "It’s Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story" brand new documentary featuring interviews with Ethan Wiley, Sean S. Cunningham, stars Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln, and Devin DeVasquez, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Chris Walas, Mike Smithson, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
    • Stills Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sixty-page book "The House Companion"
  • Reversible Covers

23 April 2017

The Film Detective stalks THE VAMPIRE BAT (Review)

Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, and Melvyn Douglas star in the Poverty Row chiller THE VAMPIRE BAT.  A European village is terrorized by the deaths of residents drained of all their blood.  Could it have something to do with the mysterious experiments conducted by the local mad scientist in the nearby hilltop castle?

REVIEW LINK: The Film Detective (US) Region ALL BD-R (DVDCompare)

THE VAMPIRE BAT BD-R specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by filmmaker Sam Sherman
  • "Becoming the Son of Melvyn Douglas" interview with Gregory Hesselberg

22 April 2017

Arrow Academy takes in CINEMA PARADISO (review)

Arrow Academy breathes new life into Giuseppe Tornatore's Academy Award-winning, tear-jerking, coming of age story  CINEMA PARADISO in which an altar boy finds escape from his humdrum life in post-war Sicily through the magic of cinema.  Philippe Noiret stars.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Academy/Arrow Video USA (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

CINEMA PARADISO Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • 124 minute Theatrical Cut
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
      • Italian LPCM 1.0 mono and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by director Giuseppe Tornatore and academic Millicent Marcus
    • "Dream of Sicily" documentary by Giuseppe Tornatore
    • "The Bear and the Mouse" interviews with director Giuseppe Tornatore and actors Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio
    • "The Kissing Scene" featurette
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Two:
    • 173 minute Director's Cut 
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
      • Italian LPCM 2.0 stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
      • Optional English subtitles
    • Director's Cut Trailer
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Italian cinema expert Pasquale Iannone, illustrated with original archive stills

20 April 2017

Sony Pictures remembers YOUTH IN OREGON (review)

Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Mary Kay Place, and Josh Lucas star in this comic drama about an eighty year old man who announces that he will be taking a trip to Oregon to end his life by assisted suicide.  His son-in-law reluctantly drives him and his wife across the country with side trips in an attempt to delay his mission.

REVIEW LINK: Sony Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

YOUTH IN OREGON DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English, English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles

Arrow Video resurrects CALTIKI, THE IMMORTAL MONSTER (review)

An archaeological expedition in Mayan ruins near Mexico city after a volcanic eruption is terrorized by the resurrection of the goddess Caltiki, a prehistoric creature that grows exponentially with exposure to radiation and feeds on human flesh.  The film was started by Riccardo Freda (THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK) and finished by cinematographer/special effects maestro Mario Bava.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

CALTIKI, THE IMMORTAL MONSTER Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles for the Italian track and English SDH subtitles for the English track
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Tim Lucas
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • "From Quatermass to Caltiki" discussion with critic Kim Newman
  • Alternate Full Aperture Version
  • "Riccardo Freda, Forgotten Master" interview with critic Stefano Della Casa
  • "The Genesis of Caltiki" interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi
  • Archival Introduction
  • US Theatrical Trailer
  • US Opening Titles
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Diabolique Magazine's Kat Ellinger and Roberto Curti (ITALIAN GOTHIC HORROR FILMS, 1957-1969) included with the first pressing only

Anchor Bay finds a home for LION (review)

The Academy Award-nominated Australian film LION tells the true story of Saroo Brierley, a young boy who grew up Indian but was separated from his family when he boarded a decomissioned train that took him sixteen hundred miles from home.  Adopted by an Australian couple, Saroo grew up in Tasmania only to begin an obsessive and emotionally wrenching journey to find his birth mother twenty years later.  Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, and Nicole Kidman star.

REVIEW LINK: Anchor Bay (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

LION Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English SDH, French SDH, and Spanish subtitles
  • "Never Give Up" Music Video by Sia
  • Behind the Scenes Interview Gallery
  • Deleted Scenes

18 April 2017

Maison Rouge recruits ELSA FRAULEIN SS (review)

With morale at an all-time low in the middle of WWII, the Reich appoints Elsa as the colonel and brothel madam of a train of females sent to entertain the troops and root out any traitors in this French slice of Nazisploitation starring Malissa Longo, Oliver Mathot, and Patrizia Gori.

REVIEW LINK: Maison Rouge/Screenbound (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

ELSA FRAULEIN SS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English and French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Previews

Black House is stained with CRIMSON (review)

Paul Naschy stars in this French/Spanish crime thriller from Eurocine as a gang boss who is shot in the head during a heist.  His gang force a scientist to transplant the brain of his enemy into his head, turning the man into a psychopathic maniac who is a danger to both gangs and anyone else who wanders along.

REVIEW LINK: Black House/Screenbound (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

CRIMSON DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen transfer of the erotic French version (94 minutes)
  • English and French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

17 April 2017

Arrow Video USA stalks THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES (review)

In the giallo THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES, two sisters live under the burden of a family curse that repeats itself every century.  In the middle ages, the Black Queen killed her sister The Red Queen out of jealousy.  The Red Queen then came back and killed six innocent people and then her sister.  A year after her sister Evelyn's disappearance, Kitty's friends start falling victim to a knife-wielding figure in a red cloak and she may be next.  Barbara Bouche, Mariana Malfatti, and Marino Masse star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles for the Italian track and SDH subtitles for the English track
  • Audio Commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • Optional Introduction by production designer Lorenzo Baraldi
  • "The Red Reign" interview with critic Stephen Thrower
  • "Life of Lulu" interview with actress Sybil Danning
  • Alternative Opening
  • "Dead à Porter" interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi
  • "Round Up the Usual Suspects" interview with actor Marino Masse
  • "If I Met Emilio Miraglia Today..." featurette
  • "My Favorite... Films" with actress Barbara Bouche
  • English Trailer
  • Italian Trailer

Arrow Video USA digs up THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE (review)

In this psychedelic seventies giallo, Lord Alan Cunningham is haunted by the memory of his wife Evelyn and driven to stalk down redheads and kill them in his family villa.  When he meets the blonde Gladys, he remarries and ties to start a normal life only for the ghost of Evelyn to haunt them and start murdering family members.  Is is the supernatural or is someone trying to drive him even crazier than he already is?  Anthony Steffen, Erika Blanc, Mariana Malfatti, and Giacomo Rossi-Stuart star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and Italain LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles for the Italian track and SDH for the English
  • Audio Commentary by critic Troy Howarth
  • Optional Introduction by Erika Blanc
  • "Remembering Evelyn" interview with critic Stephen Thrower
  • "The Night Erika Came Out of the Grave" interview with actress Erika Blanc
  • 2006 Introduction by Erika Blanc
  • "The Whip and the Body" archival interview with Erika Blanc
  • "Still Rising from the Grave" archival interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi
  • Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • English Theatrical Trailer

Mondo Macabro takes in a JESS FRANCO TRIPLE BILL (review)

Mondo Macabro gives an HD bump-up to two of their most popular Jess Franco releases.  In COUNTESS PERVERSE, a young woman spending the weekend with a swinging married couple is invited to the island of their rich friends.  Little does she know that she will be "the most dangerous game" for a group of libertines with a craving for red meat.  In HOW TO SEDUCE A VIRGIN, an aristocrat who murders her lovers an keeps them in a state of suspended animation in her underground lair returns home from a hospital stay to find that her husband has arranged a special homecoming present in the form of the virginal daughter of their vacationing neighbors.  Also included is SEXY NATURE, the alternate French version of COUNTESS PERVERSE with additional erotic scenes filmed for the raincoat market.

REVIEW LINK: Mondo Macabro (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

JESS FRANCO TRIPLE BILL Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One (Blu-ray):
    • "Countess Perverse" (1973) Director's Cut (76 minutes)
    • "Sexy Nature" (1973) 100 minute alternate French erotic version of "Countess Perverse" included via seamless branching
    • "How to Seduce a Virgin" (1973)
    • Introductions by Stephen Thrower
    • Interview with actor Robert Woods
    • Interview with writer Alain Petit
    • More from Mondo Macabro
  • Disc Two (CD):
    • Eleven-track "Distortions" library album by Blue Phantom
  • Ten-page insert booklet
This Blu-ray/CD limited edition is limited to 1,000 copies and available exclusively from Mondo Macabro's Big Cartel site.

16 April 2017

MVD takes a stab at BLEED (review)

A couple's chance at an idyllic life in the countryside takes a deadly turn when they and their friends decide to explore the ruins of a prison in the hills where a cannibal killer and other inmates perished in a mysterious fire.

REVIEW LINK: MVD Visual (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

BLEED DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Interview with actress Lyndon Smith
  • Interview with actor Riley Smith
  • Interview with actress Chelsey Crisp
  • Additional Interview with actress Chelsey Crisp
  • Interview with actor David Yow
  • Interview with actor Elimu Nelson
  • Interview with actor Michael Steger (6:09) 

Maltauro Entertainment steps into CHUPACABRA TERRITORY (review)

Four amateur cryptozoologists head into the Pinewood Forest in search of the mythical Chupacabra.  What they find is more terrifying and deadly.

REVIEW LINK: Maltauro Entertainment (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

CHUPACABRA TERRITORY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Interviews with the Cast
  • Interviews with the Editor, Producer, and Director
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailer

14 April 2017

Second Run imagines MY 20TH CENTURY (review)

With her graduate short film banned by the Communist government, Hungarian female director Ildiko Enyedi had nothing to lose when she developed and sought funding for an ambitious and sprawling feminist period piece as her feature film debut.  In MY 20TH CENTURY, twins Lili and Dora are born in 1880 at the moment Thomas Edison unveils the light bulb to the world and are separated soon after only to come face to face at the turn of the century leading radically different lives as the film examines the changes wrought by modernism on the lives of its female characters.

REVIEW LINK: Second Run (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

MY 20TH CENTURY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed widescreen
  • Hungarian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director Ildiko Enyedi
  • Booklet by critic Jonathan Owen

Intervision dreams up DREAM STALKER for DEATH BY LOVE (review)

In this pair of nineties SOV shockers, a Sacramento model believes her dead boyfriend is killing people she loves and people she hates through her dreams.  In the Dallas-lensed DEATH BY LOVE, a sculptor believes his Satan-worshiping childhood friend is murdering his girlfriends.

REVIEW LINK: Intervision Picture Corp./Severin Films (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

DREAM STALKER/DEATH BY LOVE DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Star Mark Dias remembers DREAM STALKER
  • Executive Producer Tom Naygrow on DREAM STALKER
  • Alan Grant on DEATH BY LOVE
  • Yvonne Aric and Brad Bishop remember DEATH BY LOVE via Skype

13 April 2017

Vinegar Syndrome is cuffed by PSYCHO COP RETURNS (review)

Satan-worshipping undead cop Joe Vickers is back from the dead to take gory justice on a group of office workers staying overnight for a bachelor party with babes, booze, and drugs.  Released to tape and cable in a hacked-up R-rated edit, PSYCHO COP RETURNS comes to Blu-ray in its original unrated version.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

PSYCHO COP RETURNS Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo and 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo and 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Adam Rifkin 
  • "Habeas Corpus" 43 minute making-of featurette
  • "The Victims of Vickers" interview with effects artist Mike Tristano
The first 1,666 copies available directlyf rom Vinegar Syndrome come with a custom limited O-Card with new cover art.

Vinegar Syndrome develops DOUBLE EXPOSURE (Review)

Michael Callan (CAT BALLOU) and Joanna Pettet (THE EVIL) star in this thriller about a photographer who has violent nightmares in which he murders his models.  When they turn up dead in real life, he is not the only person who suspects that he is cracking up.  Seymour Cassel and James Stacy co-star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

DOUBLE EXPOSURE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director William Byron Hillman
  • "Exposing DOUBLE EXPOSURE" interview with cinematographer R. Michael Stringer
  • "Staying on Task" interview with script supervisor Sally Stringer
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
NOTE: The first 1,000 copies available directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a limited edition O-Card with new cover artwork.

11 April 2017

Severin Films dives into DARK WATERS (Review)

In the real last gasp of Italian horror, Londoner Elizabeth travels to a remote convent off the coast of Russia to learn about her mysterious past and discovers the worship of a beast from the bottomless pit and the sacrifices it needs to rise again.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

DARK WATERS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Mariano Baino, moderated by Michele de Angelis
  • "Lovecraft Made Me Do It" Mariano Baino on his inspirations
  • "Let There Be Water" Mariano Baino discusses the flood sequence
  • "Controlling the Uncontrollable" Mariano Baino on his art exhibitions
  • "Deep Into the Dark Waters" vintage featurette (50 minutes)
  • Director Intro
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Silent Blooper Reel with Audio Commentary by director Mariano Baino
  • Short Films Of Mariano Baino (with optional audio commentary):
    • "Dream Car"
    • "Caruncula"
    • "Never Ever After"
  • Making of "Never Ever After"
  • "The Face and the Body" music video

Severin Films is damned to THE OTHER HELL (review)

Bruno Mattei (HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD) and Claudio Fragasso (TROLL 2) visit THE OTHER HELL in this Italian telekinetic gore nunsploitation flick.  After two bizarre murders at a convent, a priest conducts an investigation.  While he believes a sick mind is behind the killings, the Mother Superior believes the devil himself is responsible.  Franca Stoppi (BEYOND THE DARKNESS) and Carlo de Mejo (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD) star.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE OTHER HELL Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English, Italian, and French LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/co-director Claudio Fragasso (in Italian with English subtitles)
  • Interview with actress Franca Stoppi
  • Interviews with director Bruno Mattei and actor Carlo de Mejo
  • Theatrical Trailer

10 April 2017

Film Movement gets lost in THE ARDENNES (review)

From the producers of BULLHEAD comes this Flemish noir in which Kenneth serves four years for a home invasion gone wrong, keeping silent about the involvement of his girlfriend and brother in the crime. When he gets out of prison, his brother attempts to help him straighten out his life while keeping secret the fact that Kenneth's girlfriend is now pregnant with his child leading to misunderstandings, murder, and pitting the two brothers against each other in the expanse of the Ardennes forest.

REVIEW LINK: Film Movement (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE ARDENNES DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Flemish/French Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Audio Commentary by director Robin Pront and star Kevin Janssens
  • Making-of Featurette
  • Interview with director Robin Pront and star Kevin Janssens
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Short Film 'Injury Time'
  • Previews

Strand Releasing pieces together FRAGMENTS OF LOVE (Review)

Rodrigo is an angsty burnt-out composer who gets by tuning pianos for rich clients until he meets Susana, the wife of a businessman, who entices him into an affair and then drives him to distraction and then inspiration with tales of her lusty past relationships.

REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

FRAGMENTS OF LOVE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Dazzler Media investigates THE KETTERING INCIDENT (review)

When London doctor Anna Macy blacks out and wakes up in her home town of Kettering, Tasmania, she realizes that a traumatic incident from her youth in which her childhood friend mysteriously disappeared into strange lights in the woods may be happening again.  When another local girl disappears, members of the town suspect Anna but she may be they only one who can help when the town is suddenly quarantined.

REVIEW LINK: Dazzler Media (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE KETTERING INCIDENT DVD specs:
  • Eight episodes on three dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles

The Film Detective hires JOE BULLET (review)

THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY's Ken Gampu stars in this rare example of South African Blaxploitation.  When a criminal gang attempts to fix the World Cup, private detective Joe Bullet is hired to protect a team's most valuable players and the manager's beautiful daughter.

REVIEW LINK: The Film Detective (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD-R (DVDBeaver)

JOE BULLET DVD-R specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Audio Commentary by writer/producerTonieVan Der Merwe
  • Restoration Demo
  • Trailer

06 April 2017

Arrow Video delves into Takashi Miike's BLACK SOCIETY TRILOGY (review)

Takashi Miike's first theatrical films as a director comprised the BLACK SOCIETY TRILOGY, three crime films about Japanese and Taiwanese race relations and yakuza intrigue.  In SHINJUKU TRIAD SOCIETY, a half-Japanese police detective discovers that his younger brother is working for a Taiwanese gangster who is muscling in on yakuza businesses through assassination and mutilation.  In RAINY DOG, a Japanese hitman must lay low in Taipei when his boss is assassinated.  Taking jobs from a local gangster, he soon finds himself hunted by the vengeful brother of one of his targets.  In LEY LINES, three half-Japanese youths run away to Tokyo to make it big and get entangled with drug dealers, prostitutes, and gangsters.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

BLACK SOCIETY TRILOGY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen transfers of SHINJUKU TRIAD SOCIETY, RAINY DOG, and LEY LINES on two Blu-ray discs
  • Japanese/Chinese LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentaries on all three films by Tom Mes
  • Theatrical Trailers for all three films
  • New interview with director Takashi Miike
  • New interview with actor Sho Aikawa
  • Reversible Cover
  • FIRST PRINTING ONLY: Liner Notes Booklet

04 April 2017

ITN swipes right for SLASHER.COM (Review)

With a killer stalking victims through online dating sites, it is just as well that Jack and Kristy decide to take their first date to the woods.  Unfortunately, they rent a cabin from the Myers family who treat them to some backwoods terror.  Jewel Shepard and R.A. Mihailoff star.

REVIEW LINK: ITN Distribution/Cinedigm (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

SLASHER.COM DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Trailer

31 March 2017

Severin Films resurrects CATHY'S CURSE (Review)

A French-Canadian take on CARRIE and THE EXORCIST, CATHY'S CURSE is about a girl who becomes possessed by a creepy doll that belonged to her father's sister who died in a fiery car crash thirty years before.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

CATHY'S CURSE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Director's Cut (91 minutes) and US version (80 minutes)
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary on the US version by BirthMoviesDeath's Brian Collins and filmmaker Simon Barrett
  • Interview with director Eddy Matalon
  • Interview with actress Randi Allen and costume designer Joyce Allen
  • Cinematic Void Screening Introduction
  • Theatrical Trailer

Cinema Epoch conducts PRIVATE LESSONS (review)

EMMANUELLE's Sylvia Kristel comes to America to give an Arizona teenager PRIVATE LESSONS in the eighties sex comedy classic.  Eric Brown (MAMA'S FAMILY) and Howard Hesseman (WKRP IN CINCINNATI) also star.  Featuring an eighties soundtrack by Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Earth Wind and Fire, Air Supply, and John Cougar Mellencamp.

REVIEW LINK: Cinema Epoch (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

PRIVATE LESSONS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Alan Meyerson, writer Dan Greenberg, and actor Howard Hesseman
  • Comedy Audio Commentary Track
  • TV Spots

27 March 2017

Wild Eye Releasing investigates WOLF HOUSE (review)

When six former high school friends take a weekend trip to the woods, they bring back the carcass of what they think is bigfoot.  The creature isn't dead, however, and it is far from the only supernatural force they have to worry about when a suburban home becomes the WOLF HOUSE.

REVIEW LINK: Wild Eye Releasing (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

WOLF HOUSE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by actor/director Ken Cosentino and actors Elizabeth Houlihan and Marcus Ganci-Rotella
  • Behind the Scenes
  • "Making the Monster" (85 mins)
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Arrow Video USA presents WE ARE THE FLESH (review)

A brother and sister wandering a post-apocalyptic world come upon the lair of a mysterious hermit who encourages them to embrace the darkness beyond the void in a taboo-bursting orgy of incest, blood-drinking, and cannibalism.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

WE ARE THE FLESH Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.90:1 widescreen
  • Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Dentro" short film by Emiliano Rocha Minter
  • "Videohome" short film by Emiliano Rocha Minter
  • "Virginie Salévy on We Are the Flesh" interview
  • Interviews:
    • Emiliano Rocha Minter
    • Noé Hernández
    • Maria Ivoli
    • Diego Gamaliel
  • Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery
  • Trailer

Vinegar Syndrome trails CHINA GIRL (Review)

Annette Haven is a government scientist developing a formula for total memory recall, and the CHINA GIRL is an international criminal bent on using sexual torture to extract the information from her.  James Hong (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA) guest stars.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

CHINA GIRL Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Audio Interview with actress Annette Haven
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

Vinegar Syndrome takes on the younger generation with TABOO IV (review)

In the fourth entry in the TABOO series, psychiatrist Jeremy Lodge discovers his wife and brother having an affair and divorces her.  He sends promiscuous daughter Naomi to live with her mother and uncle (actually her biological father) and his innocent daughter Robin to live with him, but the daughters find themselves lusting after father and uncle.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

TABOO IV Blu-ray specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Kirdy Stevens and writer/producer Helene Terrie
  • Audio Commentary by actress Ginger Lynn
  • Interview with actress Ginger Lynn
  • Interview with actress Karen Summer
  • Script Gallery

26 March 2017

Breaking Glass Pictures crosses DEATH PASSAGE (review)

This Australian horror film explores the urban legend of the Lemon Tree Passage as three Americans and two Australians decide to see if they can document the mysterious ghost light that shines on motorists traveling the road at night.

REVIEW LINK: Breaking Glass Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC (DVDBeaver)

DEATH PASSAGE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Cast Interviews
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • The Real Death Passage Ghost
  • Alternate Ending
  • Rehearsals
  • Previews

Breaking Glass Pictures follows CLAIRE IN MOTION (review)

When mathematician Claire's husband Paul goes hiking and does not come back, her life ruled by certainty and objectivity falls into chaos as she and her son hold onto the hope of finding him while everyone around them tries to help them move forward.

REVIEW LINK: Breaking Glass Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

CLAIRE IN MOTION DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Omnibus Entertainment finds love SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE (review)

The lives of a handful of creative New Yorkers become intertwined by love in SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE.  Developed from a series of improvisation workshops, the film finds paralegal Kofi dating graphic artist Sofia while trying to repair his marriage to executive Billie who starts to fall for her co-worker Alex.

REVIEW LINK: Omnibus Entertainment (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Trailer

Vinegar Syndrome is snared by WITCHTRAP (review)

Kevin S. Tenney's follow-up to WITCHBOARD and NIGHT OF THE DEMONS finds a paranormal investigation team and three security professionals investigating the hauntings of Lauterhouse which quickly earns its nickname "Slauterhouse" with a series of bizarre and grisly deaths.  Linnea Quigley star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

WITCHTRAP Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio commentary with Director Kevin Tenney, Producer Dan Duncan, Cinematographer Tom Jewett and Actor Hal Havins
  • Video Interviews
    • Director Kevin Tenney
    • Actress Linnea Quigley
    • Cinematographer Tom Jewett
    • SFX Supervisor Tassilo Baur
  • Audio Interviews with SFX Makeup Artist Judy Yonemoto and Music Composer Dennis Michael Tenney
  • "Book of Joe" a short film Directed by Kevin Tenney
  • Alternate ending for "Book of Joe"
  • Production/Promotional Still Gallery
  • Original 4:3 video trailer

23 March 2017

Code Red spies THE HILLS HAVE EYES III (MIND RIPPER) (review)

Wes Craven presents this in-name-only sequel to his HILLS HAVE EYES films in which Lance Henriksen plays a scientist whose cell regenerating virus causes a gruesome transformation in its human guinea pig.  Giovanni Ribisi and Natasha Wagner co-star.

REVIEW LINK: Code Red Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE HILLS HAVE EYES III: MIND RIPPER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Theatrical Trailer 
This Blu-ray is available exclusively from Diabolik DVD and Ronin Flix.

Kino Lorber sets up TROUBLE MAN (review)

Robert Hooks is a one man army in TROUBLE MAN - from the screenwriter of SHAFT and actor-turned-director Ivan Dixon (HOGAN'S HEROES) - as Mr. T, a private eye who gets caught up in the gang war between three rival gambling operations.  Paul Winfield, Julius Harris, and Ralph Waite also star.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

TROUBLE MAN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews 

19 March 2017

Fox vistis SLEEPY HOLLOW: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (review)

Eighteenth century British double agent Ichabod Crane and modern day cop Abbie Mills battle more supernatural terrors in season three of the Fox series SLEEPY HOLLOW.

REVIEW LINK: Twentieth Century Fox (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

SLEEPY HOLLOW: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON DVD specs:
  • Eighteen episodes on six dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

17 March 2017

Code Red Releasing survives IN THE AFTERMATH (review)

New World Pictures presents this odd composite feature that took a half-hour of footage from the Japanese anime feature ANGEL'S EGG and built a post-apocalyptic science fiction film around it with American-lensed footage of survivors wandering a barren Earth in search of clean air and water.  Featuring music by Pink Floyd's Anthony Moore.

REVIEW LINK: Code Red Releasing (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

IN THE AFTERMATH Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Previews
Available directly from Code Red's Big Cartel and Ronin Flix.

Code Red Releasing wages COCAINE WARS (review)

THE DUKES OF HAZZARD's John Schneider takes on South American drug dealers in the Argentinian-lensed Roger Corman production COCAINE WARS.  An undercover DEA agent's plans to destroy a Las Palmas drug operation are disrupted when his journalist girlfriend starts investigating and he is tasked with assassinating a local presidential candidate.

REVIEW LINK: Code Red Releasing (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

COCAINE WARS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • "Katarina's Bucket List" introduction and post-script
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews
Available directly from Code Red's Big Cartel and Ronin Flix.

12 March 2017

Time Life spends time with MAMA'S FAMILY: MAMA'S FAVORITES COLLECTION (review)

Vicki Lawrence handpicks her favorite thirty-seven episodes from the six seasons of MAMA'S FAMILY.  A spin-off of "The Family" sketches from THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, the sitcom shifts the focus from Burnett's delusional and long-suffering Eunice to her cranky and embittered widowed mother Thelma Harper and her nutty family.  Ken Berry, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White also star.

REVIEW LINK: Star Vista (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

MAMA'S FAMILY: MAMA'S FAVORITES COLLECTION DVD specs:
  • 37 episodes on 6 DVDs
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (discs 1 and 2) and stereo (discs 3-6)
  • Introductions by Vicki Lawrence for each episode on discs 1 and 2

10 March 2017

Maison Rouge unveils THE BARE BREASTED COUNTESS (review)

Jess Franco gave his muse and future wife Lina Romay her first starring role in FEMALE VAMPIRE as Countess Irina of Karlstein who is cursed to drain her lovers of their lifeforces after having sex with them.  Jack Taylor, Monica Swinn, and Jess Franco himself also star.

REVIEW LINK: Maison Rouge/Screenbound (UK) Region 2 PAL (DVDBeaver)

BARE BREASTED COUNTESS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Alterenate Horror Version EROTIKILL
  • "Destiny in Soft Focus" interview with director Jess Franco
  • "Words for Lina" interview with Jean-Pierre Bouyxou
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

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